Asheville Wedding Photography – DeLene and Matt’s Claxton Farm Wedding

DeLene and Matt are one of the nicest and sharpest couples I have had the pleasure of working with.  DeLene is a freelance nature writer with such a flair for language that I love visiting her blog and reading (and re-reading!) her ‘musings’ (as she calls them) about the 3 Es – ecology, evolution and the environment.  Her blog is called the Wild Muse – you should check it out!  She is working on a book along with other writings, and on top of her work, the couple just finished moving, getting married and are working to get Matt’s business going.  Matt is a dentist that is getting close to opening his new practice here in Asheville!  Laurelwood Dentistry will be opening its doors in the next few months.  Talk about go-getters!  I was flattered from their first inquiry by how much they really wanted to work with us – then I met them and knew I had to be their photographer!  They are such down to earth people that are so in love…I knew it would be a magical day at Claxton Farm when they exchanged vows.  The wildflowers were in bloom and the springy greens and a wide variety of colors were popping everywhere.  It was all a perfect backdrop for her soft rosey wine colored dress and the pewter/grey bridesmaids dresses.  Two of the three bridesmaids are expecting and were glowing gorgeously – all the ladies were stunning!  The men looked dapper in their classic tux suits – and the organic, non-traditional boutineers (by the Enchanted Florist) were a great fit for their style.

Claxton Farm is a venue that was perfect for this nature loving couple.  The venue is located on 50 acres of a conservation easement that is on a 500 acre working farm in the Appalachian foothills that raises Polled Herefords, chickens, goats, llamas and grows alfalfa hay.  The couple chose to use local and sustainable vendors at their wedding.  Your Vase or Mine sold them local wildflowers that they decorated the ceremony site and reception tables with (in mason jars with ribbons and candles!  LOVE this look for barn receptions!).  They also had the Enchanted Florist create stunning ‘kissing balls’ to hang in their wedding arbor and the beautiful bouquets.  Their guests were treated to the beautiful music of Orengo Music, a perfect duo of violin and classical guitar, during the ceremony and cocktail hour.  It is always a treat to listen to Ruben play!  The reception was full of fun conversation, dancing and guests enjoying the yummy food by M7 catering which allowed them to choose more sustainable local elements into the food as well.  Their guests were served Sunburst Trout which is locally farmed and they were also fed lots of great local vegetables.  The bride chose a beautiful cake by Icing by the Cake adorned with sugar calla lilies (thought they were real!!) and sweet detail work that was a soft pink, complementing her dress perfectly.  James Donaldson of Sound Illusions DJ kept the music going and the dance floor moving.  Fun evening all the way around!!  Here are some of my favorite photos of their day:

If you want to see more photos from their day, visit HERE.

Thank you to all the amazing M7 team members that made the night perfect!  Huge thanks to DeLene and Matt for having me there to capture their wedding day!!  Such amazing people with equally amazing friends!!  Truly my honor to be there to capture such an important day for the couple and their families and friends.  🙂

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